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Keeping Your Children Safe while Meridian’s Wheels of Bureaucracy go Round and Round

MERIDIAN, Miss. — Homeless women and children were forced to sleep wherever they could this week in Meridian, many of them, in cars. 

The People’s Charity Clinic was given a warehouse by a local hospital to use as a shelter, but the city has not approved it for that purpose.  “It’s getting through the red tape hurdles is what is hard,” said CEO Christie Rainer.  “I have to get approval from a lot of companies for us to actually house the women and children there.”

But as nightfall nears and still no okay from the city, Rainer said time is not something they have a lot of.  “We are doing all we can.  We are trying to put them up in hotels; but that depends on donations.  I am literally waiting for people to give me whatever they can afford to donate.”

The clinic collected enough donations to get the last family in a hotel by 1:30 am Tuesday morning.  And Rainer said they were looking for more money to keep them there until they can come up with a permanent solution.

To donate call, 601.482.8442 or text Rainer at 601.917.2673.

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